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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-20-2014, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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I went to bed Saturday night not feeling too motivated for getting out on Sunday, October 19th. I had a major head cold and wasn't convinced the weather was going to be as advertised. I awoke on Sunday morning after sleeping in 'til 08:00 and decided that I'd drive to the Kananaskis Lakes area and either scramble Rawson Lake Ridge or The Turret.

I surprised myself by choosing The Turret. I felt a bit lonely as I hiked along the approach trails to the bushwhacking section. Fox creek is being fixed up from the 2013 floods and is easily hike-able now.

I took the 'long' way around in order to minimize the bushwhacking and this resulted in the bush section being quite short and easy, especially compared to some other bushwhacks I've done this year.

Once above treeline I contoured around to SE slopes before ascending steep grass and short cliff bands to the summit. The views were stunning and the weather was sublime for mid-October. After snapping some great summit panos and telephotos of familiar peaks I headed down. On descent I really wished I'd biked the approach! I highly recommend using a bike, you will be delighted on the way back and this will probably make The Turret a 4 hour day! I managed to finish in just over 5 hours, moving pretty quickly but not an insane pace. As usual, more pics and tr on http://www.explor8ion.com.


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Nice! We also hesitated on heading out on Sunday and decided the opposite of you, staying home to rake leaves and do other yard work I think you made the better decision!

Is The Turrent an easy scramble in dry conditions?
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Great stuff. Turret was on my list in Sep, just never got around doing it. This pano is awesome:


Love the view of Rawson Ridge from here
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Nice! We also hesitated on heading out on Sunday and decided the opposite of you, staying home to rake leaves and do other yard work I think you made the better decision!

Is The Turrent an easy scramble in dry conditions?
LOL - yeah I wasn't sure until the clouds cleared off. I'd rate it as 'moderate' due to a steep access slope with loose rock. But a 'tame' moderate...
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Looks like an great day for a scramble, awesome pics! I love the Kan lakes area.
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I like pic 7 and the pano, I cant open the link, but my puter has had some problems in the last few days.
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I like pic 7 and the pano, I cant open the link, but my puter has had some problems in the last few days.
Thx, fixed the link.
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Cool! That's a corner of K-country I haven't been to for a while.
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Motivation enough to head up there.
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Great stuff. Turret was on my list in Sep, just never got around doing it. This pano is awesome:


Love the view of Rawson Ridge from here
Agree, very beautiful. Thx
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My version of The Turret trip report:
http://stevensong.com/the-turret

Not quite an overly exciting objective but good to take my parents out for a hike.
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Agree, very beautiful. Thx
This pano is a masterpiece.

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Nice pics, as always!

How the heck are you doing that stuff with Google terrain maps?

Who needs a signature? Mine is always: Last edited by dougz; Today at 03:27 PM
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post #14 of (permalink) Old 06-18-2015, 11:38 AM
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Certainly a good place to hike away a cold. Looks like that bridge made an admiral stand against the high water.
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